Rust can be a real nuisance when it comes to metal frames on home window screens. Fortunately, there are several ways to remove rust from metal frames before repair or replacement. Baking soda is an effective and natural way to remove rust. To make a paste, mix baking soda with water until it is thick enough to spread on the metal.
Allow it to harden and then rub it off with a toothbrush. Rinse with water afterwards. Vinegar is another natural cleanser that can be used to remove rust from any material, including metal wire screens. Soak a clean cloth in vinegar and apply it generously to the metal mesh.
Let it sit for a few hours and then scrub with steel wool. Rinse with clean water to remove debris. If the frame is in good condition, you can carefully pry out and remove the old slot from the slots around the frame using a small screwdriver or nail. Clean both sides of the entire screen, rubbing the inside and outside of the frame.
Rinse window screens with warm water and allow them to dry completely before placing them back on the window. When replacing the screen fabric, make sure that it is stretched enough to be smooth but not so much as to bend the frame or cause the fabric to break against the sharp edges of the slots. If you have pets that are known to scratch windows and doors, be sure to buy an extra protective fabric that is resistant to pets that will resist tearing toenails. Finally, make sure that there is nothing above (or leaning against) the mosquito nets to eliminate the possibility of the frames bending or drilling holes in the screens. When not in use, store them between the storm windows and the window itself, which actually helps preserve them. Cleaning rust off metal frames on home window screens is an important step in closing up your house during winter or starting from scratch in spring.
With these simple steps, you can easily remove rust from metal frames before repair or replacement.